ATHENS, July 14 /CNW/ -
- With photo
From around the globe, 24 of the most talented bartenders have gathered in Athens for the final stage of their quest to become DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year 2010.
Over 9,000 bartenders set out on this year long programme to educate and inspire bartenders to create exceptional cocktails and experiences in the best bars around the world. It is the largest global stage for the craft of bartending.
In Greece, home of last year's winner Aristotelis Papadopoulos, the finalists' craft is being tested by the gods of the bartending world - Dale DeGroff, Salvatore Calabrese, Peter Dorelli, Gary Regan, Alberto Soria, and Hidetsugu Ueno - in six challenges, including Ritual & Theatre of Drinks, Speed & Taste and Cocktail Mastery.
Master distillers and blenders are on hand to impart their knowledge of the exceptional brands within the Diageo Reserve portfolio - Ketel One(R) vodka, Ciroc(R) vodka, Tanqueray(R) No.TEN(TM) gin, Don Julio(R) tequila, Zacapa(R) rum, Johnnie Walker(R) Gold Label(TM) and Blue Label(TM) Blended Scotch Whisky.
"WORLD CLASS is a truly international celebration of the flair, creativity and skill of the bartender and the appreciation of great spirit brands." says Andrew Fell, Commercial Director, Diageo Reserve.
Follow the competition at http://www.weareworldclass.com, Global World Class Finals on Facebook or WorldClass2010 on Twitter.
AUSTRALIA Adam Brewer Sling Lounge, Brisbane
AUSTRIA Heinz Kaiser Dino's American Bar, Vienna
BELGIUM Noach Van Damme L'Apereau, Blankenberge
BRAZIL Rafael Pizanti Bar do Copo, Rio de Janeiro
COLOMBIA Felipe Navarro Club El Nogal, Bogota
COSTA RICA Esteban Delgado T.G.I. Friday's, San Jose
DOMINICAN Richard Gonzalez CavaBar Lounge & Martini Lab,
REPUBLIC Santo Domingo
DUBAI Tomas Dundulis Okku, The Monarch Dubai
FRANCE Maxime Hoerth Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris
GERMANY Torsten Spuhn Modern Masters, Erfurt
GREECE Ilias Marinakis Baba Au Rum, Athens
IRELAND Max La Rocca Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare
JAPAN Takumi Watanabe The Sailing Bar, Kibi
KOREA Do-Hwan Eom The Ritz Bar, Seoul
MALAYSIA Amanda Wan Vintage Bank, Kuala Lumpur
MEXICO Jose Luis Leon Martinez Hotel Distrito Capital,
NETHERLANDS Timo Janse Door 74, Amsterdam
PUERTO RICO Arnaldo Hernandez InterContinental San Juan Resort &
SINGAPORE Richard Gillam New Asia, Swisshotel The Stamford
SPAIN Jordi Otero Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona
SWITZERLAND Thomas Huhn Les Trois Rois, Basel
TAIWAN Angus Zou Marquee, Taipei
UK Erik Lorincz The Connaught, London
VENEZUELA Rina Fermin Suria, Valencia
Diageo is the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wines, and beer categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, J&B, Baileys, Cuervo, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards wines.
Diageo is a global company, trading in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit us at Diageo.com. For our global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit DRINKiQ.com.
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